Academy West Animal Hospital
Boarding and Grooming
Owned by Dr. Thomas J Ratke
A graduate of Michigan State University, he has been practicing
for 35 years, and has many years of experience when it comes
to the care of our client's pets. He also has been working for 13
years with the Search and Rescue and is currently working for
the Federal Government Veterinary Disaster Relief. Dr. Ratke
helped for 3 weeks when Hurricane Katrina hit.
Our associate veterinarian is Dr. James Kimmel ,
who has had years of experience in treating all kinds of pets.
Several years ago, this clinic would see large farm animals,
but we still occasionally see a pig or two. We mostly
specialize in small animals, such as dogs & cats, but we
do see exotics like; ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, bunnies, some
reptiles and birds.
We are a full service veterinary hospital offering basic surgery
as well as some complex surgeries, and all facets of medicine.
We specialize in internal medicine , radiology, and are
incorporating ultrasound. We also provide boarding and
grooming at our facility.
We strive to meet your pets' needs and keep them healthy.
We hope you stop by and visit us for any needs your pet may have.
Our friendly outgoing staff will make you feel right at home.
Our clients are like an extended part of the family.
Our caring staff is compassionate, knowledgeable
and utilize the latest technological advances to provide
exceptional medial care. Our vets and techs together
offer a wealth of knowledge and experience for the
care of your pet. Our vet will deliver the best
Our staff cares deeply about our
patients and consider them as part of our own
extended family. We strive to develope a bond
with not only our patients but with thier owners
and how we play a role in thier lives. Our
appointment schedule is constructed to allow
ample time for doctor-client communication.
Vets and staff provide timely and informative
progress reports consistently follow up with
with clients with a personal phone call to
check on pets and how their recovery is going
or if they are taking their medications well.
Using this website you can take a tour of our hospital,
browse through and get a feel of the hospital at your leisure.
You will find many areas to view and explore. You and your
pets are welcome to schedule a personal tour of the hospital
and check out the facility and see if it is up to your high standards.
We have lots of treats. We know we will put your worries at ease
with our doctors and staff working hard to keep your four legged